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Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick- 8/20/13

Minnesota Twins (54-67) at Detroit Tigers (71-51)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)

Michael Pelfrey (R) (4-10) (5.259) vs. Rick Porcello (R) (9-6) (4.395)

The Line: Detroit Tigers -210 / Minnesota Twins +185 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Detroit, FS-North

The Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins face off on Tuesday at Comerica Park as they play game one of their series.

The Detroit Tigers have all but put away the competition in the AL Central and appear to be headed back to the postseason. The Tigers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 40-21 at home this season, and they have a seven game lead in the American League Central. As a team the Tigers are hitting .280 with Miguel Cabrera hitting .360, Torii Hunter hitting .306, and Jhonny Peralta hitting .305. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.52 with the starters at 3.39 and the bullpen at 3.80. For game one against the Twins Detroit starts Rick Porcello who has won his last five decisions. For the year Porcello has allowed 142 hits and 63 earned runs while striking out 98 over 131 innings for a 9-6 record and a 4.33 ERA.

Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick- 8/20/13

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The Minnesota Twins appear to be running out of gas for what has been another difficult season. The Twins are 2-7 in their last 10 games, 26-36 on the road this season, and they are 18.5 games back in the AL Central. As a team the Twins are hitting .242 with Joe Mauer hitting .324, Justin Morneau hitting .261, and Ryan Doumit hitting .244. The Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.30 with the starters at 5.09 and the bullpen at 3.04. For game one against the Tigers the Twins start Mike Pelfrey who has lost his last four decisions. For the season Pelfrey has allowed 140 hits and 67 earned runs while striking out 69 over 114.2 innings for a 4-10 record and a 5.26 ERA.

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Detroit is 21-7 in their last 28 games, 77-34 in their last 111 home games, and 6-1 in Porcello’s last seven starts. Minnesota is 17-40 in their last 57 games against a team with a winning record, 1-6 in their last seven games, and 1-6 in Pelfrey’s last seven road starts. Minnesota is 2-5 in their last seven games in Detroit.

This one looks to be one sided but the odds makers and the public are dialed into that as well so this is one to throw in your parlays and that’s about it.

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